Kemp Victim's Brother Reacts to Kemp's Surrender - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

Kemp Victim's Brother Reacts to Kemp's Surrender

Posted: Updated:

LAWTON Okla_ James Miller said he moved to Oklahoma to be a part of the process in seeking justice for his brother, Robert, who was allegedly killed by David Lee Kemp in 1998.

Read 'David Lee Kemp Captured'.

However, a few short months after James made the move, Kemp escaped from jail. It discouraged James to the point he said he wanted to leave, but he knew he had made a promise to his brother he intended to keep. He would stay in Oklahoma until his killer was convicted.

James said he has mixed feelings about Kemp's surrender. He's still in disbelief, although he obviously is somewhat relieved. He's also a little hesitant to get too excited, because he said there is still a long road ahead.

James said it always starts with a phone call. In fact, he's received three of them in a 15-year span that have left him with the same feeling. 

"When I first got the call that my brother was murdered, I was like, ‘It's impossible,'" James said.

Then came the dreaded call in March of 1999: the jail escape.

"I remember every detail, everything that happened that day," James said.

Finally, a call James received just before midnight Thursday night, one leading him to disbelief for a different reason: Kemp is back in custody.

"I am not going to lie. I broke down in tears," James said. "I had just too many emotions going on at one time."

The call came on his daughter's 13th birthday. He said it was the best birthday present she could've ever received.

"You couldn't ever top that," James said. "She's 13, 14 years of age. She wasn't even alive when all of this went down." 

It's a real life example to show how much time has passed since Kemp first escaped. Every time we've interviewed James Miller since his brother's death, he's promised the same thing: he won't rest until his brother's killer is convicted.

They are far from that, but at least they are closer, than they were yesterday.

James actually said of Robert's killer back in 2007 in an interview with 7News:

"If there is one tidbit of humanity, I wish he would turn himself in and face the music."

Sometimes, wishes really do come true.

James said he will definitely travel the long road ahead, speaking about a potential trial. He said he knows his brother would do the same for him if the roles were reversed.

James said he credits the community for keeping him strong during times of discouragement. He said to this day, complete strangers approach him offering words of encouragement.  

 

 

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Brothers try to elude police with their identities

    Brothers try to elude police with their identities

    Saturday, August 30 2014 7:56 PM EDT2014-08-30 23:56:01 GMT
    LAWTON, Okla._Two brothers were arrested early Friday morning after lying to Lawton Police about their identities. After leading officers on a short chase on Cache, Paul Tijani finally pulled over and told police his name was Peter. But officers noticed a passenger in the car that looked very similar to the driver. When they asked the passenger if they were related, he said no. But police say the two looked so similar they had a hard time telling them apart. Officers later determined that Pet...
    LAWTON, Okla._Two brothers were arrested early Friday morning after lying to Lawton Police about their identities. After leading officers on a short chase on Cache, Paul Tijani finally pulled over and told police his name was Peter. But officers noticed a passenger in the car that looked very similar to the driver. When they asked the passenger if they were related, he said no. But police say the two looked so similar they had a hard time telling them apart. Officers later determined that Pet...
  • SkyWARN 7 Forecast

    SkyWARN 7 Forecast

    Saturday, August 30 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-08-30 21:48:09 GMT
    Weather- Clear Skies RotatorWeather- Clear Skies Rotator
    Temperatures Climbing Back Up...
    Temperatures Climbing Back Up...
  • Mayor's Blues Ball continues in Medicine Park

    Mayor's Blues Ball continues in Medicine Park

    Saturday, August 30 2014 5:32 PM EDT2014-08-30 21:32:17 GMT
    The 8th Annual Mayor's Blues Ball is underway Saturday at Medicine Park.
    The 8th Annual Mayor's Blues Ball is underway Saturday at Medicine Park.
Powered by WorldNow
KSWO-TV, 1401 SE 60th Street
Lawton, OK 73501

Telephone: (580) 355-7000
Fax: (580) 357-3811
Email: news@kswo.com

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KSWO. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.